ZACH JOHNSON

Cedar Rapids | Inducted 2016 | Category: Professional Golfer

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Over $45 Million PGA Tour Career Earnings (13th all-time as of November 2019)
  • 12 PGA Tour Victories (2004 to 2019)
  • 2007 Masters Champion
  • 2015 Open Champion at St. Andrews
  • 4 President’s Cup Teams – 2007, 2009, 2013 & 2015 (10-6-1 record)
  • 5 Ryder Cup Teams – 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014, & 2016 (8-7-2 record)
  • 2003 –  Web.Com Tour Player of the Year (2 wins, a then record $494,882 earnings)
  • 2001 –  3 wins on Hooters Tour; Player of the Year and leading money winner
  • 2001 & 2002 – 2-time Iowa Open Champion
  • 2000 – Herman Sani Invitational Champion
  • 1999 – 2 wins on Prairie Golf Tour, 3rd leading money winner
  • 1997 – 1 win on Prairie Golf Tour, 6th leading money winner

Link to Zach’s comprehensive PGA Tour career profile:

http://www.pgatour.com/content/pgatour/players/player.24024.zach-johnson.html/profile

HISTORY

You can label Zach Johnson in a variety of ways; Cedar Rapids, native, Masters Champion, Open Champion, Ryder Cup team member, and now, the 69th Iowa Golf Hall of Fame member.

Over 250 Iowa golf patrons gathered on the campus of Drake University on Wednesday June 1, to welcome one of Iowa’s greatest athletes into the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame. Many current Iowa Golf Hall of Famers were in attendance to welcome Johnson into their ranks.

Johnson was a unanimous first-ballot selection by the Hall of Fame Committee. His twelve Tour wins, two major championships and Ryder Cup appearances aided in the admittance of the Elmcrest Country Club product.

“I went against the grain,” Johnson said. “I had a dream. I didn’t want to have any regrets and I wanted to see where it would take me.”

His dream took him straight to the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame.

At the induction ceremony, Johnson shared the stage with a panel of friends, Rick Brown (former Des Moines Register sports reporter), Pat Cobb (Chair of Zach Johnson Foundation), Neil Johnson (college teammate at Drake) and Larry Gladson (Director of Golf, Elmcrest Country Club). The three recalled stories about Johnson and his long and sometimes unclear path to becoming one of the Tour’s most dominant golfers.

“Emotionally, all of us were hopeful he’d make it,” Cobb said. “But intellectually, there were not a lot of us who thought that this kid was going to be on the PGA Tour.”

Although each accounted for a different part of Johnson’s journey, all three had the same final message. Johnson is in fact the greatest golfer that the state of Iowa has produced both on and off the course.

“He’s a humble Iowan that never changed,” Brown said. “You can talk all you want about Zach’s playing ability… but Zach Johnson is a major champion in other areas far more important than this.”

Johnson was extremely grateful and appreciative of joining the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame.

“This is where I’m from,” Johnson said. “I’m a proud Iowan. Every time I get on the tee box, I’m from Cedar Rapids Iowa. It truly is an honor. Every time I play, I’ll play for Iowa.”

Click here to view video of Zach Johnson’s Iowa Golf Hall of Fame induction.

Click here to read more articles from various media about the induction.

Photo courtesy of The R&A / Getty Images
Photo courtesy of The R&A / Getty Images
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